October 08, 2019

New York laws bar asking prospective employees about their salary history and expands the definition of "equal pay for equal work"


In a press release issued October 7, 2019, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reminded all employers - public and private - who do business in New York State that effective October 8, 2019  New York State law prohibits unequal pay for substantially similar work on the basis of an individual's protected class status, bars asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation and expands the definition of "equal pay for equal work."

These new measures track two executive orders signed by Governor Cuomo in 2018 prohibiting state entities from evaluating candidates based on wage history and requiring state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees to provide pay transparency and advance pay equity statewide.

In addition, Governor Cuomo called on businesses in New York to conduct internal reviews of their pay policies and make adjustments as necessary in accordance with these new laws. 

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